But that’s exactly what the Giants (6-4) have to do as they travel to the “Big Easy” for a prime-time Monday night showdown with the always prolific New Orleans Saints (7-3).
With the Giants coming off two straight losses-with the loss to the Eagles last week particularly stinging-not many people are giving the Giants a shot here. And for good reason, as the Giants have been exploited on both sides of the ball in the last two weeks.
They said the Giants didn’t have a shot against New England either, but the Giants rose to the occasion and grabbed a significant win on the road three weeks ago.
Can they do it again?
Perhaps, but that’s why you play the game. So, let’s dive in and focus on five things to look for.
Can the Giants get ANYTHING going on the ground?
Brandon Jacobs has been doing more running off his mouth than running of the ball. If he wants to get back in the good graces of the fans, than he has to show up, play hard and play focused. Don’t pout. Take your anger out on the field, Brandon. If Jacobs follows the game plan and runs with a purpose than you might (I use the term lightly) see results. At least D.J. Ware won’t be on the shelf. If Jacobs struggles again, than we might see more of Ware.
Can Eli Manning keep up with Drew Brees?
The bright lights will be glaring on both Manning and Brees, as this game figures to be a shootout. For Manning to be effective, it would great if he can get something going on the ground, as that would make the play-action pass an optimal tool. Also, if Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are all relatively healthy, I don’t see why Eli can’t light up a suspect Saint’s secondary.
Will the Giants get any pressure on Brees?
If the Giants want to slow down the indomitable Brees, they have to get pressure and get up all in his face. It would behoove the Giants to get their hands up in Brees’ direction as to alter his rhythm and timing. The Giants have not been the sack-happy bunch they have been in the last three games. If they return to their roots, it would be a great tone setter. They have to at least rattle Brees in the pocket.
Will any defense be played in this game?
Expounding on the previous point, if the Giants don’t get any pressure than this game has shootout written all over it, and going with the over in this game (currently at 51) would be the trendy pick. Both teams currently have defenses in the bottom third of the league (Saints 20th in overall defense, Giants 21st in overall defense).
Can Giants offensive line step up?
Last week this unit was shredded and gashed, while showing some major holes in their game. While a lot of credit has to go to the aggressive Eagles front, the Giants O- line was at fault for a lot of the Giants woes as they were out of synch. Compounding matters is the loss of Will Beatty, who will be out as he recovers from eye surgery. The O-line has to step up and protect Manning if the Giants are to have a chance in this game.
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